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Battle's O'er

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  • Sun 11 Nov ’18, 6:00am – 6:15am


Rukuhia School, 58 Rukuhia Rd, Rukuhia, Hamilton


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

The Waipa District is participating in the world-wide "Battle's O'er" tributes for the end of hostilities in WWI. A world wide event it is coordinated here for the the Waipa District by the Cambridge & Districts Pipe Band.

At 6 am local time New Zealand leads the world wide timing of this event where a piper or two play the tune "When The Battle Is Over", now played when a war finishes. 6 am is the normal wake up time and tunes such as Johnny Cope would normally be played to rouse troops for another day. In WWI that would normally have been another day slogging it out in the mired trenches and battle fields.

At 6 am on 11.11.1918 however there was a different call, it was the end of the battle. Later in the morning is the official 11 am signing of the formal Armistice, but it was a different day from 6 am on for the combatants. The Battle was over and the bagpipe tune "When The Battle Is Over" sets the mood for the day. In this case the mood for the rest of the centenary of Armistice Remembrance Day.

The WWI War Memorial at Rukuhia is in the school grounds. The public is invited to attend this short ceremony. A short 'wake up call', to listen and reflect on the effect the WWI loss of local men and perhaps women had on this community while "When The Battle Is Over" is played. A tribute may be read out and a few more tunes played for a short time before everyone disperses.

This is happening simultaneously in 10 WWI Memorial locations in the Waipa District through the efforts of volunteers from four regional pipe bands. The Cambridge & Districts Pipe Band, The Te Awamutu & Districts Highland Pipe Band, The Te Kuiti and Districts Pipe Band and the Hamilton Caledonian Society pipe Band.

Support your community, support the community pipe bands, especially the small rural community pipe bands. They are always in need of more members and learners.

Rach ann an sìth (Go in Peace).

Visit our fb group 'Cambridge & Districts Pipe Band New Zealand' (include 'New Zealand' otherwise you'll find the Canadian band with the same name).

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